8-Day Cruise around the South Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

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Explore the Elaphiti archipelago, Mljet, Korčula, Lastovo, and much more! From must-see historical towns to secret bays perfect for swimming and snorkeling, from thickly forested islands with pebble beaches to ancient ruins, Croatia has something for everyone. Languid afternoons in the sun, wild nights on the town, fresh mornings with the wind in your hair or under the sea seeking treasure… you’ll be sure to find it, maybe not in a long-lost pirate’s chest, but in the priceless natural and architectural beauty all around you.

Day by Day itinerary

 

 

DAY 1

Arrive into Dubrovnik

Arrival at ACI Marina Dubrovnik and embarkation starting from 17.00. Distribution of cabins, placing personal luggage in the cabins and provisions in the holds (food, beverage, etc.). Dinner and possible evening in the city center of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, beautifully restored within its world-famous medieval walls. The evening is the best time to visit, after the cruise passengers have left, and we will be able to discover the wild side of Dubrovnik!

 

 

 DAY 2

Ston

After breakfast, Captain briefing and sea safety tips, we sail out of the harbor crossing Elaphiti Archipelago to admire the beaches and the bays. We pass the historic villages on the islands of ŠipanLopud, and Koločep, surrounded by olive and citrus groves and pine forests, as well as the tiny islands scattered around them, mooring in amazing turquoise waters in one of the islands, swimming and lunch on board.

Sailing (1.5h) and arrival to Ston, a beautiful medieval city. Its precious and ancient salt mines are protected by the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. Hiking on the walls of Ston, and arrival to Mali Ston where we can take a boat tour with the oyster farmer to reach their farm and taste their world-famous oysters and their home-made wine while watching the sunset. Dinner in Ston.

 

 

DAY 3

Korčula

On our second morning we cross the Mljetski Canal (4h) for lunch in a bay on the west end of the island Mljet, one of the must-see and world-famous Croatian islands. We’ll be in a beautiful nature park, with hills covered in thick pine forests, bright blue water, and two salt water lakes. The larger one, Veliko Jezero, has a mysterious little island of its own.

After our meal we sail to Korčula Town (2h). According to legend it is the birthplace of Marco Polo. This town once belonged to Venice, and it shows! The narrow, stepped streets are full of opulent palaces and churches with remarkable interiors. For the night we will be moored in ACI Marina Korčula in order to be free to go out and visit this beautiful town, dinner in the best restaurant of the island in a magnificent setting.

 

 

DAY 4

Lastovo

Extending our stay in Korčula for a few hours as it is impossible to resist its appealing charm; Breakfast in town before sailing to Lastovo island (3h). Stop for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lastovo natural reserve, renowned for its diving spots. This island, though idyllic, is often much quieter than the others being too far from Split or Dubrovnik for day trips. It has a nature park on the west end with the oldest lighthouse of the Adriatic, a lovely village on the north coast, this village was initially a pirate’s village hidden from the sea, today it is almost deserted and looks like a ghost village. We can visit it and discover its legendary chimneys and traditional wineries where we can go for wine tasting For dinner we can either taste the traditional cuisine in one of the fishermen konobas or sail to a secret bay that could be our shelter for the night and have a BBQ under the stars.

 

 

DAY 5

Pomena on Mljet

Early departure, and sailing (2h) to a small islet in the middle of the sea. Breakfast in this very special setting and snorkeling in the purest waters just in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, halfway between Italy and Croatia. Sailing to the island of Mljet (2h), mooring for lunch and swimming in the most famous natural reserve of Croatia. Arrival to Pomena on Mljet and mooring in our secret address; dinner in a tiny family-owned restaurant where we dock our yacht just in front of our table, watch the sunset in an unforgettable setting and eat the best Croatian seafood specialties, pasta with lobster, langoustines etc. while feeling as if we are part of their family.

 

 

DAY 6

Saplunara on Mljet

Discovery of the famous lakes of Mljet. We can either rent bikes or kayaks to explore the turquoise lakes and their magnificent surroundings, then take the ferry to visit the historical monastery of Santa Maria on the island in the middle of the lake, a must-see architecture, known for being the most beautiful monastery in Croatia.

Sailing (2h) and arrival to “Odyssey Cave” on the south coast of Mljet. If the sea is calm, we will stop for a little break and swim inside this amazing turquoise water cave. The legend says that Odysseus’ ship sank near the cave where he remained trapped because the nymph Calypso was ruling the island.

Sailing (2h) to Saplunara bay where we anchor for the night in front of a beautiful wide sand beach, swimming and relax on the beach. Dinner either on our boat or in one of the nice restaurants on the beach.

 

 

DAY 7

Dubrovnik

Sailing in front of Dubrovnik old town, enjoying the unique point of view of the walls and fortifications of Dubrovnik from the sea (setting of the famous “Game of Thrones” series) and mooring for lunch in Lokrum island in front of the old city, possibility to go for a hike and discover the botanic gardens of Lokrum or just be lazy, relax and swim around the boat.

After lunch sailing to ACI Marina and mooring at around 16.00.

Dinner in one of the restaurants around the marina or in the old town of Dubrovnik.

 

 

DAY 8

Departure

Last breakfast on board, tidying up the boat, packing up, and goodbyes then disembarkation at 9.00, or possibility of breakfast at the restaurant by the marina pool, then depending on the departure flights time of each one either lazing by the nice pool of the marina or another visit of Dubrovnik historical town.

 

 

The price for this itinerary is:

 

  • $1399 (based on 1-3 persons)
  • $1259 (based on 4-7 persons)
  • $1189 (based on 8 or more person)

This is a per person price, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a double room.

 

 

Cruise Inclusions

 

  • 7 nights accommodation in a shared double occupancy cabin
  • Use of all facilities on board
  • Full-board on the yacht (all food provisions for the duration of the cruise)
  • Dinghy “Zodiac” with outboard engine
  • Use of snorkeling & fishing gear (trolling for tuna)
  • Inflatable fun equipment
  • Electricity and hot water for showers on board
  • Linen and Towels
  • All drinks on board (wine, beer, juices, milk & soft drinks)
  • Port & mooring fees, transit log and taxes + fuel surcharge ($200 per person)
  • All yacht’s running expenses
  • Assistance of an experienced skipper for the duration of the cruise
  • Introductory instruction in navigation and sailing techniques (optional)

 

Cruise Exclusions

  • Roundtrip air ticket Beirut/Dubrovnik/Beirut
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal travel insurance

 

This is a guide price. Please enquire and we will provide a full personalized quote for you.  All our itineraries are tailor-made to your own requirements so can be modified however you wish.

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